MILFORD -- For about 43 minutes, Stone Denbok and Notre Dame-Fairfield did just about all it could to thwart the Notre Dame-West Haven boys ice hockey team.

Yet, five minutes was all it took for the Green Knights to steal the Lancers' hearts and the game.

ND-West Haven scored twice in the final 2:06 of regulation -- including the tying goal with 0.8 seconds left -- then Bill Vizzo's game-winner earned the Green Knights a dramatic 4-3 overtime victory over the Lancers at Milford Ice Pavilion.

"We were dead in the water there in the third period," ND-West Haven coach Bill Gerosa said. "We just kept working hard."

Vizzo added an assist, and Kyle Lynch potted both third-period goals as ND-West Haven improved to 14-3. Kyle Thibault also had assists on each of Lynch's goals.

Sal Sereno and Christian LaCroix each had a goal and an assist for the Lancers. ND-Fairfield fell to 9-8, dropping its third straight game. The team will get no break as the Lancers will host New Canaan on Thursday night.

"I'm utterly speechless," ND-Fairfield coach Steve Hetherman said. "I think we have to refocus our energies, and it starts tomorrow (today) with New Canaan."

The Lancers built a 3-1 third-period advantage thanks to three second-period goals. Denbok made 44 saves, 21 of which came during the first period, and it appeared as if the junior goaltender would steal a second straight game from the Green Knights. Denbok made 33 saves in the Lancers' Jan. 12 upset of ND-West Haven.

"Stone was outstanding," Hetherman said. "He was the best player on the ice for us."

"He's a terrific goaltender," Gerosa said.

But Lynch's goal -- with Green Knights goalie Paul Sliwinski pulled -- cut the Lancers' lead to 3-2 with 2:06 remaining, and just nine seconds later ND-Fairfield was charged with interference. After LaCroix's shot from center-ice at the empty net hit the post, Lancers defenseman Peter Petrino was charged with tripping with just 1:09 left, creating a 6-on-3 ND-West Haven advantage.

"Hockey is a beautiful game," Hetherman said, "and I think the players should decide the outcome."

"I think they got tired in the third period," Gerosa said.

As the game clock's seconds waned, Thibault snapped a sharp angle shot that Denbok stopped, but Lynch slid the rebound past ND's goalie, tying the score with 0.8 to play.

"We never gave up," Vizzo said. "(Lynch) is a great player, and he came up big for us tonight."

"The puck has its own personality," Gerosa said, "and today it had a Notre Dame-West Haven personality."

Vizzo's goal at 2:55 -- he flicked a backhand shot past Denbok's glove -- sent the exuberant Green Knights home winners for the first time in four tries against Fairfield opposition.

"It was a beautiful skill-move by Vizzo for the win," Gerosa said.

Vizzo also assisted on Greg Zullo's first-period goal, on the Green Knights' 19th first-period shot, which sent ND-West Haven to the first intermission up 1-0.

"They took it to us in that first period," Hetherman said.

Craig Hessenius tied the score at 10:00 of the second, and after Green Knights defenseman Louis Iannotti was given a game-misconduct for face-masking, Sereno and LaCroix each potted goals.

"We got stupid there for about seven or eight minutes in the second period," Gerosa said. "Give credit to Notre Dame-Fairfield; they played very well.";

ND-WEST HAVEN 1 0 2 1--4

ND-FAIRFIELD 0 3 0 0--3

Records: ND-West Haven 14-3, ND-Fairfield 9-8. Goals: NDWH--Kyle Lynch 2, Bill Vizzo, Greg Zullo; NDF--Craig Hessenius, Sal Sereno, Christian LaCroix. Assists: NDWH--Kyle Thibault 2, Vizzo, Paul Sliwinski, Matt Dumas; NDF--Sereno, LaCroix, Cam Barquinero, Cooper Demchak. Goalies: NDWH--Paul Sliwinski (27 saves); NDF--Stone Denbok (44 saves). Shots: NDWH--48, NDF--30.